This book was published in hardback format in 2009 and has now been published in paperback, making it more accessible. It is based in England, but resonates everywhere.

Excerpt from review: The author’s conclusions were that ‘two broad and opposing perspectives on the contemporary police 
working environment are identified. One perspective involves resistance to and resentment toward the new 
promotion of diversity in police recruitment, a perspective held primarily by white, heterosexual male 
officers. A contrasting perspective embraces and benefits from diversity and is held by female, ethnic 
minority, and gay and lesbian officers. Policing in England remains an overwhelmingly white, 
heterosexual, male-dominated occupation, and this poses significant challenges for females, ethnic 
minorities, and gays and lesbians who are already in the police force or aspire to be police officers. This 
circumstance persists despite two decades of equal opportunities legislation and policies aimed at changing 
traditional assumptions about the characteristics and practices of police officers. The recent history of the 
Northshire Police has involved a top-down drive to produce cultural change and diversity within the 
agency. Very few women, members of minority ethnic groups, or openly gay and lesbian officers occupy 
posts, particularly supervisory positions; and officers in these groups report experiences of discrimination 
 

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